November 2018

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Spanish-speaking South American nations swept winner’s row at the UWI SPEC International Half-Marathon on Sunday, October 28. Didimo Sanchez from Venezuela came first in the men’s category, with a time of 1:08:49, while Palmenia Agudelo from Colombia raced to first place in the women’s category with a time of 1:20:35.

Meanwhile, in the new relay category, the team called D Metronomes Next Generation placed first. Relay team members were Nathaniel Kallicharan, Davan Premchan, Sean Maharaj, and Samuel Ali.

In the men’s category, Didimo Sanchez came in a full four minutes ahead of his nearest rival, second place winner Pedro Mora, also from Venezuela. Sanchez led the race from the beginning, emerging from St Augustine Circular Road ahead of his rivals. By the nine-mile mark, just before Five Rivers Junction, Sanchez was ahead by some 500 meters.

This year's 15th staging of the UWI SPEC International Half-Marathon started with full stands of spectators cheering on the runners, supported by Keron “Sunny Bling” Sealey who entertained the crowds before, during and after the race. The theme for the race this year was mental health. Larry Olton, Head of Brand & Marketing for First Citizens, which is the race sponsor and host, says: “The UWI SPEC race organisers have stood the test of time in delivering a well organised race year after year. The race continues to be one of the most anticipated annual running distance events on the calendar.”



  1. Didimo Sanchez (Venezuela) 1:08:49
  2. Pedro Mora (Venezuela) 1:12:49
  3. Matthew Hagley (T&T) 1:13:22
  4. Shirvan Baboolal (T&T) 1:13:39
  5. Sherwyn Stapleton (T&T) 1:14:39


  1. Palmenia Agudelo (Colombia) 1:20:35
  2. Samantha Shukla (T&T) 1:21:56
  3. Zuleyma Amaya (Venezuela) 1:23:59
  4. Nubia Arteaga (Venezuela) 1:26:59
  5. Celine Lestrade (T&T) 1:32:40


  1. D Metronomes Next Generation (Nathaniel Kallicharan, Davan Premchan, Sean Maharaj, Samuel Ali) 1:28:52
  2. Rapid Thigh Movement 1:38:51
  3. + OAW Dracarys 1:39.42